Date of Graduation
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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Dr. T. Radasa
Dr. S. Hubell
Background: The importance of suicide screening training for community health workers (CHWs) and volunteers as part of suicide prevention is a critical public health concern in the United States. Suicide remains the 12th leading cause of death for all ages, affecting relationships, families, and communities. The literature shows that suicides are preventable, and training CHWs and volunteers on suicide prevention is part of the solution.
Problem: Many individuals who ultimately die by suicide remain undetected because of insufficient questioning and inadequate methods, particularly in non-mental health settings. Research has demonstrated that screening for suicide is an effective way to detect individuals at risk and link them to treatment.
Methods: A computer-based search using CINAHL Complete, PubMed, and Cochrane was conducted to identify studies that examine suicide screening training for healthcare providers or nurses, community health public workers, and gatekeepers' training. Ten articles were selected and appraised using the Johns Hopkins appraisal tools.
Intervention: CHWs and volunteers were trained for two days at a socialization center in Stockton, CA on the importance and administration of a suicide screening tool. A survey was given to the volunteers before and after the training to assess their understanding of the screening tool. A directory of mental health providers and support groups will be provided to facilitate referrals.
Expected Results: The suicide screening tool was successfully implemented over a 6-month period, with the aim of identifying patients at risk of suicide and providing them with early intervention. At least 80% of patients were screened at each visit, with appropriate counseling, referral to mental health specialists, and follow-up care provided to those identified as at risk. Results expected to show a 70% increase in suicide screenings, with 80% of at-risk patients identified and provided with intervention.
Conclusion: The implementation of the suicide screening tool the socialization center was successful in identifying patients at risk of suicide and providing them with early intervention. The high percentage of patients screened, and the increase in suicide screenings demonstrates the effectiveness of the tool and highlights the importance of early detection and intervention in preventing suicide.
Maina, Jennifer, "Educating Community Health Workers and Gatekeepers to Screen for Suicide" (2023). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects. 330.
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